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Issaquah Law Group: Experienced Counsel; Client Focus

PHILOSOPHY: Formed in 2014, Issaquah Law Group is a law firm with one focus: providing businesses and insurers with high quality legal representation with the responsiveness of a smaller firm. ILG was founded on the principle that strong client relationships are the key to successful legal representation and strong relationships are built upon clear and consistent communication. 

LITIGATION: We work closely with our clients to fully and accurately understand their goals, work collaboratively to formulate specific legal strategies, and execute the agreed plan of action utilizing methods most likely to result in the efficient and effective resolution of the matter. ILG attorneys have a broad base of litigation experience to draw on in all Federal and State courts from on-the-ground investigations to Supreme Court appeals in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, commercial general liability, labor & employment, construction litigation, and catastrophic losses due to fire and explosion.

BUSINESS LAW: Rarely is the path from point A to point B a straight line, so our role in a business law practice is to find alternatives, devise workable strategies, and keep your business ideas, goals and objectives moving toward realization. ILG’s business attorneys help clients achieve their goals with respect to business formation, intellectual property, labor and employment, CAN-SPAM, copyright and trademark

COMMUNITY: In addition, the Lawyers at Issaquah Law Group remain active in the legal and civic community. A core commitment of our Issaquah Attorneys is community service. Our attorneys' civic involvement includes the King County Civil Rights Commission; the City of Issaquah Planning Policy Commission; the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, service as a pro tem judge. We live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and we aim to make it a better place.

In addition, through The Amateur Law Professor Blog and LinkedIn postings, we share pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as the pertinent opinions and decisions of the Washington State Courts of Appeal so that our clients can be as update to date on cutting legal issues as we are.

WA Legal Roundup - Washington State Supreme Court

City of Spokane v. Rothwell

Whoa, a challenge to a Spokane District Court Judge's jurisdiction! So what happened? So under now-repealed statutes, district courts had jurisdiction over ordinance violations, but it the city established a muni court, it had exclusive jurisdiction over its ordinance violations. The municipal court became a department of the district court.

Spokane County had an agreement with the City of Spokane to provide municipal court judges in rotation from the district court. The district court judges were thus referred to collectively as the municipal department. The district court judges were also filled in county elections. Rothwell contended (and the Court of Appeals agreed) that the district court judges weren't properly elected to the municipal bench.

The former statute, RCW 3.46.050, limited election of municipal judges to city voters IF they held such elections. Otherwise, it could be staffed by other judges of the district court by appointment by the mayor in a manner determined by the city legislature.

The Court held that the second option was what the City was doing, and thus the convictions stand.

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